Walk: Earning the views on Vorlich

[Ben Vorlich]

Look north from Stirling and much of central Scotland and two great hulks dominate the view: the armadillo-like arc of Ben Vorlich on the right (not to be confused with its namesake above Loch Lomond), and the sprawling mass of Stùc a' Chroin just to the left. Excellent tracks through Glen Vorlich and an immaculate path along a broad north ridge make Ben Vorlich a popular and relatively straightforward ascent from Loch Earn, with sweeping views north from the summit cairns on a clear day. The extension to Stùc a' Chroin is a different beast, involving a little scrambling on rocky ground where the path isn't always clear. Successfully negotiating this unlocks an equally fine panorama to the south, and the chance to get acquainted with monotonous bogs on the alternative return route. If you don't like that sort of thing, you have to head back over Ben Vorlich again...

[Good views back to Loch Earn from the ascent route]

Name: Walk: Earning the views on Vorlich ★★★★☆
Length: 15 km / 9 miles
Ascent: 1150 metres
Main summits: Ben Vorlich (985 metres, Munro); Stùc a' Chroin (975 metres, Munro)
Points of interest: Loch Earn
Start / finish: Informal laybys just east of bridge over Ardvorlich Burn, on minor road along south bank of Loch Earn, G.R.: NN 633232 ///boast.cycled.admire

Route: Layby - track on east bank of Ardvorlich Burn - Ardvorlich House - Ben Vorlich by north ridge - Stùc a' Chroin - leave north-west ridge at G.R.: NN 616181 - path traversing west slopes of Ben Vorlich - rejoin outward route at G.R.: NN 630205 - start
Terrain: Good track (small burns to ford) and path to Ben Vorlich, steep only at top. Paths beyond are rougher: ascent to Stùc a' Chroin is steep, with some tricky route finding (see photos) and fairly easy scrambling. Return is boggy, with one steep and eroded section.
Wildlife today: Sheep on the open hill.
Weather today: Sunny intervals, but cloudier from early afternoon with a brief rain shower on Stùc a' Chroin.

>> see separate post for Loch Earn ★★★☆☆

[Route to Stùc a' Chroin from Ben Vorlich]


Route credit: Walkhighlands

[Loch Earn at the start]

[Loch Earn & Ardvorlich House]

[The first section climbs through sloping meadows]

[Early views of Ben Vorlich]

[Heather in bloom]

[Paths are largely excellent on the ascent]

[Final push to Ben Vorlich summit]

[View west from the final climb]

[Looking back over the ascent route from the summit]

[Ben Vorlich summit area (the highest point is at the trig pillar)]

[View over Gleann an Dubh Choirein from the summit]

[East across Coire Fhuadaraich]

[Stùc a' Chroin beckoning to the south]

[Looking back to Ben Vorlich from the bealach with Stùc a' Chroin]

[This is the crux of the ascent to Stùc a' Chroin: the path ascends diagonally left to right above the boulders, then braids with various scrambling options to reach the ridge above]

[View back to Ben Vorlich from the top of the scrambles]

[Stùc a' Chroin summit]

[View back over the approach to Stùc a' Chroin]

[View south over Lochan a' Chroin and Beinn Each]

[The return route avoids any scrambling but still has one steep, slippery section]

[View from the boggy return]

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